Wednesday, June 18, 2008

YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN – A Surprisingly Good Movie


I’m glad I didn’t say “Bah, humbug” when my younger daughter wanted someone with whom to go see the new Adam Sandler movie YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN.

I went along as a good mother, totally unexcited about the movie. A) I’m not a big Adam Sandler fan. B) I’d seen the movie’s trailer more than once, and the funny bits shown didn’t look that funny.

Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is the BEST movie I’ve seen in months. So much better than IRON MAN and the 4th INDIANA JONES and the newest Narnia adventure – PRINCE CASPIAN.

Yes, ZOHAN is over-the-top humor, and, yes, it’s an improbable story. And yet it is humor that was so true to life – I know several Israelis just like Zohan and his friends. And on another level there was a very poignant message of two sides coming together for the common good.

Actually, I cried at the end of this comedy. And, yes, I do cry easily. Yet this farcical vision of Israelis and Arabs learning to get along on a commercial street in New York – thousands of miles away from fighting each other in the Middle East – was uplifting.

Adam Sandler gets a lot of credit for this success. He wrote this movie with Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow, while Dennis Dugan directed it. All the other actors are terrific, including Mariah Carey playing herself.

PZ the do-gooder Scrooge says thumbs up to YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN. Now if I could only find the movie soundtrack…

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1 comment:

Patrick Roberts said...

Adam Sandler is classic in his own way, though he tends to do better when he isn't trying too hard to be funny or deep... his main area of expertise seems to be casual, unassuming comedies